Efforts are underway to provide assistance to the six Evanston families who were burned out of their homes as the result of a fire in an apartment building at 635 Sherman Ave. on Monday.

On Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., volunteers are being sought to help carry personal belonging from the burned-out apartments to storage pods located in Reba Park.

In addition, friends of the victims have launched a GoFundMe campaign to help with temporary living expenses.

And the Evanston Fire Department will open its stations for donations from Saturday through Dec. 23 to help these families. The Fire Department is seeking clothes, including socks, underwear and shoes, for boys, ages 4,6, and 8, and items for teen girls, as well as parents. Gift cards will be accepted.

Donations can be dropped at any of the five Evanston fire stations between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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